Experimental Italian guitarist, electro-producer and sound designer Eraldo Bernocchi joins forces with percussionist FM Einheit (a founder of the influential German industrial group Einstürzende Neubauten) and London-based cellist Jo Quail on Rosebud, a compelling mix of tranquil ambient sounds and pummeling industrial onslaughts. From the opening “Bloom,” an 11-minute suite that travels from evocative ambiance to caustic crescendo, to the closing theme “The Inquirer,” which emerges gradually over a haunting drone and builds to a hellacious distortion-laced guitar climax, Rosebud carries a dark, foreboding undercurrent while showcasing the trio’s uncanny group-think in the throes of organized chaos.
“What really intrigues me is to blend together different elements and observe what the alchemy of sound and suggestions is bringing up,” Bernocchi explained. “It is really difficult for me to imagine a goal or an objective when I start to work on an album. I like certain people, certain atmospheres, certain sound attitudes and energies and I dwell into them. It’s actually like starting a trip together where you have no idea about the destination.”
Bernocchi has high praise for his two empathetic collaborators on Rosebud. “FM Einheit is one of reasons why I am doing music. His work with Einsturzende Neubauten deeply influenced me when I began to experiment with sound in the 80’s. We worked together on the Black Engine project with Zu. Jo Quail is an English classically trained cello player who is immensely talented. She shifts her gears from orchestra work, composing for strings and devastating eardrums with a large use of distortion pedals and whatnot. Plus, Jo and myself share a love for quite a few metal bands. Both of them brought a wide sound palette to this trio and where chosen for their ability in shapeshifting from one moment to the other.”